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Unhappy How to start my car?

Hello, I'm brand new to this.
I am looking for some help!
MyMegane was purchased from new in 2003 and it has been maintained. Unfortunately, before Christmas it refused to start using either the clutch or brake during the push button process.
I have been told that it will have to go to the Renault main dealer and will cost in the region of 1500 to get it sorted.
As you can no doubt tell I have no technical knowledge at all and I certainly odn't have 1.5k to sort out what seems to be a fundamental task of the car!

Has anyone else experienced this problem or do you have any advice on the best course of action to take?
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First thing's first - see if it's covered by the warranty. Unless the car's done a particularly high mileage or hasn't been competently serviced at the recommended intervals, parts and labour should all be covered. If it's just out of warranty (i.e. an early January 2003 purchase) then you may find that Renault UK are still prepared to meet you part way on cost.

If you're not at all tecnically minded, then it might be worth investing in the Renault Harmony warranty. Around 500 should buy you a two year extension, and while it's a lot of money, it could pay for itself three times over in a single incident if the dealer's going to throw 1500 quid quotes at you when something electronic starts to misbehave. We had the indicator switch break on the Clio (just the auto-cancel) and the cost of that repair would have been around half of the purchase price of the two year warranty. Of course many people could DIY a job like that (I would have done if we hadn't had the warranty) but it's nice not to have to, especially if you really don't like working on your own cars.

Your local dealer will be glad to help you out (well they do make commission, don't they? )
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thank you for the advice
I love my black fat-arsed Megane but this problem is really getting on my nerves.
I will make the appropriate enquiries about an extended warranty, although I'd rather hoped nothing this serious could happen again.
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Just a thought, but don't ask me where it is.

I wonder if the switch that stops you starting the engine with the car in gear could have gone faulty.
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